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Planned outage for SEC project to enhance members’ electric service

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                            

June 5, 2020                                                                                                 

 

Planned outage for SEC project to enhance members’ electric service

 

Southside Electric Cooperative will have a planned power outage Thursday, June 11, for substation maintenance that will improve reliability and quality of service for members in Powhatan and Amelia counties.

 

The outage is scheduled to last 8 hours from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. About 1,950 residential members and 115 businesses on circuits 21-05 (Powhatan-Worsham Road), 22-01 (Amelia-Macon) and 22-02 (Amelia-Claysville) will be affected.

 

The significant system improvement project will increase the reliability of members’ electric service in an area that has experienced substantial growth. The work will upgrade the substation’s performance and lifespan.

 

SEC Vice President of Operations Brad Furr said the Cooperative tries to choose a time for planned outages that will disrupt as few people as possible.

 

“SEC completely understands not having electricity that day will be difficult for our members, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” Furr said. “However, the work being done at the substation will improve members’ service long into the future.”

 

Furr added that often maintenance on the electrical system can be done while the power continues to flow. However, he said the work being done in this project makes it hazardous and impractical to perform under energized conditions.  He noted that it is also safer to perform the work in the daylight.

 

The Cooperative has begun the process of contacting members who will be affected by the planned outage.  This notification process includes automated telephone calls and texts.  Initial calls went out on Thursday, June 4. Additional notifications have been posted to social media and sent to local newspapers. For more information, call SEC at 1-800-552-2118.

 

Southside Electric Cooperative, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution company, has more than 57,700 active services across 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.